Pakistani Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah said on Thursday that the Pakistani government was assessing Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) request for permission to hold its massive protest rally in the capital on November 4.
Addressing a press conference here, Sanaullah said the PTI had sent a formal request asking the government to allow it to hold a rally at a location designated by the Supreme Court in an earlier ruling.
“We have received their request and are currently evaluating it. We can allow the PTI to hold their protest if they pledge to remain peaceful,” the minister said.
The Minister clarified that an invasion-like protest march would be stopped at the Federal Capital Territory’s boundaries and that law enforcement was well equipped with riot gear to handle protesters if they attempted to make their way to Islamabad.
The announcement came as Imran Khan, Chairman of PTI, announced the launch of his long-awaited protest march to Islamabad from Lahore at 11 a.m. from the Liberty Chowk in Lahore.
According to the plan, the walkers will travel on the historic GT Road and arrive at Rawat in the suburbs of Islamabad by November 3, where the management will decide on the next course of action.
The party’s first priority would be to organize a public rally, while the second priority would be to turn the demonstration into a sit-in.
According to PTI leader Asad Umar, the march will reach Islamabad on November 4.
Khan demanded a snap election and threatened a protest march to Islamabad to force his demands if the government did not set a date for the elections.
(Inputs from PTI)